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Undrafted rookie Adam Butler details how Bill Belichick discovered him at Vanderbilt

Ryan Hannable
September 21, 2017 - 9:38 am

FOXBORO — Undrafted rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler is off to a great start to the season with the Patriots after making the initial 53-man roster following training camp.

The Vanderbilt product has just one tackle in his two games, but he’s been a solid contributor on the defensive line helping in stopping the run, even taking the place of veteran Alan Branch against the Saints.

Bill Belichick has had nothing but positive things to say this week about him and when he spoke on Wednesday, Butler recalled the day Belichick met him at Vanderbilt this past spring.

“It was a surprise,” he said. “I had no idea he was there. I was casually walking back from a workout and Jason Grooms and Coach [James] Dobson, the strength coach pulled me aside and were like, ‘Bill Belichick is here waiting for you.’ I was like, ‘What? When did he get here?’ We sat in there for two hours watching the Florida game. … He was looking at some other guys, too, but we sat in there for about two hours and we just talked football.”

Added Butler: “It was basically a big quiz — ‘What are you doing on this play? Explain the dynamic of this play.’ I basically just talked defense.”

Butler apparently made a good enough impression on Belichick as the Patriots signed him right after the draft as an undrafted free agent and clearly it’s paid off for both sides with Butler not only making the team, but now contributing. 

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